OPEN SOURCE Posts on XDA

Manage Individual App Permissions with XPrivacy

There's no denying that privacy is a huge concern for a large number of mobile users across all operating systems. Short of smashing your wireless router and trading down to a 3310 that's kept in a lead-lined box until you need to make a call, it can be incredibly difficult to keep track of where, when,...

Paranoid Android Team Open Sources HALO

We applaud new and interesting open source developments that look to find novel ways to solve a problem---things like the Xposed framework and OpenPDroid. It is these sort of projects that exemplify what open source is, and why we at XDA embrace it. It is also for that very same reason why we're excited about a new...

Get to Know Your Device’s Processor with CPU Spy Reborn

In addition to developer support, the processor is probably the only other major device specification that your average technological 'nerd' cares about. With every release of a major smartphone, comes a marketing campaign that more often than not, boasts about processing power. So what do we really know about about a device's processor and its 'mysterious...

Did You Spot XDA FSM / RD Zacthespack’s App at Google I/O?

For most of us, Google I/O is probably beginning to feel like a distant memory---perhaps less so for those lucky enough to be browsing on your shiny new Chromebook Pixels. We're all aware by now of the big stories from this years conference, but among all that was something that was of great interest to us...

Say Goodbye to Custom “Stock” Roms and Hello to Xposed Framework

Every so often, an OEM will do things right. Well, nearly right anyway---right enough at least for their stock ROMS to only need some minor tweaks before they are almost perfect. More often than not though, these tweaks are things that can be tricky to implement for the average user---a user who will often find...

Alternative IDE for Android Application Developers

Most of the tutorials out there to get you started in developing Android applications will recommend using Eclipse as an IDE (integrated development  environment) and not without good reason. It's a solid and dependable program that is intuitive and particularly friendly to those with minimal experience. You could almost be forgiven for thinking it was...

Open Source Apps List Shows How Other Devs Do It

Working with a team of developers can be great because you have someone to talk to when you hit the coding wall. If you don't have that luxury, you can still learn how other programmers do things in order to sharpen your skills. That's what XDA Recognized Contributor coolsandie had in mind when he started his list...

Oppo Find 5 Receiving Open Source Project Love

Here at XDA, you've probably seen us talk about collaboration. The dictionary defines collaborating as "to work with another or others on a joint project." We take collaboration seriously, so much so that we actually frown when we see members of the community not take it as seriously. What makes us even more upset is when manufacturers don't take it seriously, though that rant is...

Three All-in-One Solutions for Android Driver Issues

It used to be the case that whenever you wanted to use ADB or FastBoot with a device, you were required to install a specific driver for each device. For anyone regularly flashing several devices or developers who test on numerous different phones and tablets, this could prove to be something of an inconvenience, especially...

The Open Source SidePanel

XDA Developers, being the hub of mobile development today, is always glad to see open sourced projects released to the community. Apps, ports, tweaks, and mods are just some of the open sourced projects showcased by XDA members. This time around, it's SidePanel by XDA Forum Member sukso96100. Like previous sidebar applications such as Sidebar and Glovebox,...

Sony Developers Share Open Source Tool for Debugging and Fine-Tuning Your Apps

We have always strongly encouraged developers from the various OEMs to take an active role in the open source community. At times we have seen involvement, but often that doesn't happen for many different reasons. One of those reasons boils down to an OEM placing their developers in virtual walled gardens, away from "prying eyes"...